Posts Tagged ‘rock’

Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake: San Francsico, 2:29 PM Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

This must be a twin of the one we just felt on June 28th. Did You Feel It?

Mag= 3.5 3.2, MMI= IV

All the deets of Event nc71436076:

 Magnitude 3.5
Date-Time
  • Friday, July 23, 2010 at 21:29:10 UTC
  • Friday, July 23, 2010 at 02:29:10 PM at epicenter
Location 37.665°N, 122.516°W
Depth 6.7 km (4.2 miles)
Region OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances
  • 5 km (3 miles) NNW (331°) from Pacifica, CA
  • 5 km (3 miles) WSW (237°) from Daly City, CA
  • 5 km (3 miles) WSW (254°) from Colma, CA
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (215°) from San Francisco City Hall, CA
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 75, Dmin=5 km, Rmss=0.13 sec, Gp=104°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Source
Event ID nc71436076

 

Little Kids Rock Across America: Dr. Phil Gives a Half-Mil. to San Francisco-Based Foundation

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Little Kids Rock is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to underserved schools across the country. (Amazingly, actor Jack Black does not seem to be involved. Oh well.)

Phil the Thrill McGraw is Dr. Phil, ’nuff said.

Put them together and you get Little Kids Rock Across America. Tune into Dr. Phil on Thursday, December 10, 2009 to see all the fun. Deets below.

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Here it is:

Dr. Phil Foundation to Launch ‘Little Kids Rock Across America’ Creating Transformational Music Programs in Classrooms Nationwide

MIKE EINZIGER (INCUBUS), ZACHARY MERRICK (ALL TIME LOW) AND CHAD SMITH (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) JOIN MCGRAW FAMILY TO ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH “LITTLE KIDS ROCK,” WHICH WILL BRING MUSIC EDUCATION AND INSTRUMENTS TO SCHOOL KIDS IN TEN MAJOR CITIES

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ — The Dr. Phil Foundation today launches Little Kids Rock Across America with a $500,000 donation designed to restore, revitalize and enhance musical programs in schools in 10 cities across the country.  The program brings music education to schoolchildren from grades K through 12 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Tampa, and two additional cities to be named by the end of  2009. The announcement was made by the Dr. Phil Foundation and its partner Little Kids Rock during today’s taping of DR. PHIL. This episode is scheduled for broadcast Thursday, December 10 (check local listings).

Joining Dr. Phil McGraw at the taping today were some of rock’s top musicians in Mike Einziger (Incubus), Zachary Merrick (All Time Low) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).  Jordan McGraw, musician, composer and youngest son of Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw, also performed with a group of schoolchildren who are part of Little Kids Rock. The Foundation is a McGraw family mission, and Jordan, who has written theme music for DR. PHIL, will act as the Foundation’s ambassador to Little Kids Rock Across America.

Deets after the jump

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San Francisco Surrenders – The Pigeons are Now Firmly in Control

Friday, July 31st, 2009

They’re everywhere.

As seen on Market Street. Mid-Market, actually, home of boarded-up storefronts and empty newsboxes, for some reason. Look at these boids strutting around on the Champs-Élysées of the West” like they own the place.

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I, for one, welcome our new avian overlords. (Actually, maybe not. Histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis - the risk of contracting those conditions is something to consider before cleaning up after these flying rats.)

Maybe we’ll get the birth control thing figured out one of these days, but probably not.

All Hail King Pigeon.

License-Free Crabbing Under the Golden Gate Bridge at the Presidio’s Torpedo Wharf

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Here’s what you do – you get your stuff, head on over to the Presidio‘s Torpedo Wharf (fka the U.S. Navy Pier, fka the Fort Point Mine Depot) then go get yourself some Rock Crab (Cancer Aniennarius). License? You don’t need no stinking license.

Here’s your checklist. But make sure you don’t pick up any Dungeness Crab ”by mistake.” And be on the lookout for freighters off-loading people from other countries sans documentation. That happened a bit sometimes at the Torpedo, before 9-11.

Join in the fun – strangers welcomed with open arms. There’s enough crab and fish for all:

Pier Fishing Fever – Catch It

The Rule of Three: Counting People at an International ANSWER March

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition organizes a lot of protests here in the Bay Area, as is their right. And they seem to consistently exaggerate the number of souls who participate in their marches, as is their right. O.K. fine. But Saturday’s march down Market Street on the sixth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War had such small numbers compared to the big antiwar marches of 2003 that a person could have easiy tallied up an accurate estimate, if only to see how much the ANSWER Coalition exaggerates.

The “answer” is this: they overestimate by 200%. It’s the Rule of Three, just like in the movie American Pie 2. So, take the “official” estimate of 4000 marchers, divide by three to get 1333 and there you have it. Bingo bango.

Here’s Saturday’s march from above. The 440 or so people marked with white circles represent a third of the total number. (It took about 4 minutes to tally this shot and another ten minutes to tally folks in other photos.) Click to expand:

(Of course lots of people want to give President Barack Obama some time to have a chance to deal with matters, and it was raining, and yada yada yada. The point is that it shouldn’t be so hard to say that the crowd was slightly bigger or smaller than last year – there’s no reason to lie about it, is there? Moving on…)

Kudos to the Socialist Worker, which came a bit closer with an estimate of 2500 people. Perhaps they use the Rule of Two.

Double kudos to local journalist and photographer Josh Wolfe, who came in with “maybe 1000 people” as his honest estimate. Bay City News kept it conservative with “hundreds,” which is literally true, but that word could also suggest 200 or so. Oh well. The San Jose Mercury News played it safe with no estimate at all.

And SFGate / San Francisco Chronicle? Well, they originally went with “massive” as a description of the masses (which was particularly inappropriate given that similar marches six years ago had numbers about 50 times greater), but then pulled back a bit later to just talking about the “crowds.” All of this is ably documented by Robert B. Livingston here on the IndyBay.

Check it, before:

And after:

Originally posted by Mr. Livingston, I presume.

Robert Livingston is also correct in stating that writers Heather Knight and Steve Rubenstein produced a bit that was “well composed, accurate, and captured much of the essence” of the event, so that’s a good thing. It’s not clear who came up with the boner “massive.”

Chronicle Editor-at-Large Phil Bronstein has recently opined on these kinds of issues – here’s a re-hash of a count controversy back in 2003.

Anyway, the correct estimate is 1330 marchers, mas o menos, depending whether you include the cops, the undercover cops, the people who didn’t have the chance to march because they were setting up in Civic Center, the people who left early, the people who arrived late, the marchers without signs who happen to be on the sidewalks, the photographers, the videographers, etc.

The Rule of Three has been tested and proven. Would certain people have more credibility if they didn’t spin so much? Yes, yes they would.

Jessica: “If a guy tells you how many girls he’s hooked up with, it’s not even close to that. You take that number and divide it by three, then you get the real total. OK, so if Kevin is saying it’s been three girls it’s more like one or none.”
Vicky: “None?”
Jessica: “The rule of three. It’s an exact science. Consistent as gravity.”

What If They Called a War Protest and Nobody Came? Sixth Anniversary of Iraq War

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Well, of course, it wasn’t actually like nobody came, but the crowd at today’s International Day of Action on the 6th Anniversary of Iraq War had an unexpectedly low turnout, even considering the spates of rain. Was the crowd massive,” as indicated by the San Francisco Chronicle? No, not at all. Do some people at the Chron have a “massive” problem estimating crowd size? Yes, apparently.

Did 4000 people march? No. Did at least a couple thousand march? No. Not to belabor the point, but you don’t need to hire a helicopter to accurately estimate the size of a march. Moving on… 

Where’s Waldo? Sadly he wasn’t there. But, where’s Code Pink and the Black Block? Click to expand and you’ll find them. This was the bulk of the crowd just after the speakers stopped speaking, with the insular International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) camera left, out of frame.

So yes, there were other groups around the Ferry Building area but they were much smaller. Oh, here’s Code Pink:

One of the speakers was a San Francisco Chronicle employee(!) From her, the crowd learned that “health care is free and will always be free in Cuba.” She urged listeners to defy the current ban on travel to Cuber by visiting this year, specifically July. O.K fine.

Heading up Market Street in light, on-again-off-again rain:

And here’s el bloque negro:

The 911 Truth crowd was there as well – it handed out varying denominations of Truth Bucks, sadly disintegrating in the wet.

A terrorist is “what the big army calls the little army.”

“Jail Greedy Bankers”

“Queer Israeli” vs. “Queer Palestinian”

Speaking of which, you had a good 50 or so counterprotesters with Israeli flags penned in right in front of City Hall.

The Green Line of Polk Street. There was a scuffle between these groups later on, resulting in a handful of arrests. See the “Footage of Chaos,” if you want.

This green-hatted NLGobserver,” avec “Specs” brand goggles, was briefly enthralled by an exchange between the blonde and the cop, who wanted her to stay on the sidewalk. She could probably get the Lieutenant for battery and maybe even false imprisonment, if he weren’t an on-duty, uniformed peace officer. See? There’s always a catch…

So there you have it.

San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival a Huge Success

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

The Outside Lands music festival, not to be confused with the Western Neighborhoods Projectopened yesterday in Golden Gate Park with a large attendance.

Look for the live webcast today and tomorrow. Check out the photo gallery.

It’s Beck! See videos of his set here.

from Jenn L’s photostream

Now, it’s Radiohead! See videos of their set here.

from Jenn L’s photostream

The reviews are already in at 58 Hours, a Radiohead Gig Database:

“Great Show. Idioteque, Talk Show Host, Android, Gloaming and Plastic Trees were amazing. The light show really was stunning. A few drawbacks (to be honest), the sound (I mean, the entire sound) went completely out twice. Also, festival crowd was very chatty….killed the atmosphere on quieter songs like Exit Music. However, Plastic Trees was so show-stopping-breathtaking that the place really seemed to go silent.”

Grab your $85 and see you there! (And be sure to head over to the Foggy Bridge Canteen for some hyper local wine.)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 @ 5PM

RADIOHEAD
BECK
MANU CHAO
THE BLACK KEYS
COLD WAR KIDS
STEEL PULSE
LYRICS BORN
BLACK MOUNTAIN
BENEVENTO/RUSSO DUO
THE FELICE BROTHERS
HOWLIN RAIN
THE DYNAMITES FEATURING CHARLES WALKER
CARNEY

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 @ 1PM

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS
PRIMUS
CAKE
STEVE WINWOOD
CAFÉ TACVBA
LUPE FIASCO
REGINA SPEKTOR
GALACTIC’S CRESCENT CITY SOUL KREWE
M. WARD
DEVENDRA BANHART
MATT NATHANSON
TWO GALLANTS
DREDG
ABIGAIL WASHBURN & THE SPARROW
QUARTET FEATURING BÉLA FLECK
THE WALKMEN
KAKI KING
THE COUP
LIARS
DONAVON FRANKENREITER
NELLIE MCKAY
GOAPELE
SEAN HAYES
RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES
THRIVING IVORY
EVEREST

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 @ 1PM

JACK JOHNSON
WILCO
WIDESPREAD PANIC
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
ANDREW BIRD
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS
STARS
ROGUE WAVE
ALO
JACKIE GREENE
LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES
MIKE GORDON
THE COOL KIDS
GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS
LITTLE BROTHER
BON IVER
VIENNA TENG
THE MOTHER HIPS
THE MIGHTY UNDERDOGS FEATURING GIFT OF GAB, LATEEF AND HEADNODIC
NICOLE ATKINS & THE SEA
SILA & THE AFROFUNK EXPERIENCE
K’NAAN
CULVER CITY DUB COLLECTIVE